See a plane falling out of the sky on I-5 near Smokey Point? We might be able to explain why.

So you’re driving on I-5 enjoying an usual blue-sky day. All of a sudden you approach the Smokey Point exit near Arlington and see a plane shoot up straight into the air, stall, then spiral toward the ground leaving a trail of thick white smoke behind. Sounds alarming, doesn’t it?

Maybe not.

If this happens between July 6 – 10 it is likely one of the many air shows scheduled to take place as part of the annual Arlington Fly-In. The fly-in is the third largest in the nation, attracting thousands of people to the Arlington Airport year after year.

See air show schedule.

Along with the air show, visitors can enjoy airplane rides, displays, workshops, vendors, food and family-friendly movies every night at dusk.

Visit the fly-in website.

Drivers may experience increased congestion in the Smokey Point area, especially along 172nd Street.
And, if you are already at the fly-in, stop by our Aviation office located in the same building as the Arlington Airport Office to pick up an airport reference guide, register your aircraft, or learn what we are doing to help preserve the state’s system of 138 public use airports.